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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has reopened most state parks for day visits and camping, including  Lake Mineral Wells State Park, with certain safety guidlines in place. Photos courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

TPWD resumes overnight reservations at Texas State Parks

On May 27, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) started allowing visitors to make camping reservations at state parks with arrival dates between June 1 and Sept. 7.

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Teacher Consultants Susan Perez (far left) and Cricket Ingraham (far right) pose for a photo with students during the June 2019 session of the Young Writers Camp. Photos courtesy of the Central Texas Writing Project

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The 2020 summer session schedule for the Young Writers Camp, that will be held online this year.

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Elementary students participating in the 2019 Young Writers Camp pose with Teacher Consultant Jessica Klingsick.

Young Writers Camp goes online

Each summer since 1998, the Central Texas Writing Project (CTWP) at Texas State University has hosted the Young Writers Camp. But for the first time ever, CTWP is delivering its camp offerings completely online.

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ANSWERS TO GO with Susan Smith

Q. I started visiting the San Marcos City Cemetery when I was searching for uncrowded places to walk. I always see deer and squirrels. Recently, I happened on a peacock there. Its bright tail feathers were dragging so far behind its body. It made me wonder if peacocks have been changed by selective breeding? Or are they the product of a natural process?

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The Grass Pink Orchid is one of the showiest and most common of all North American native orchids. Photo by Doug_McGrady/CC BY 2.0

Exploring Nature: Orchids

I was given a beautiful purple orchid plant in a plastic pot some 8 years ago. It is still blooming on a regular basis.

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